Direct Alias

Allows you to control menu item alias and have short SEF URLs without including aliases of parent menu items.

Joomla native routing is not quite robust and you can't control how the SEF URL of menu item is built. You can only define menu item alias - a component of URL.

By default aliases of Joomla menu items are relative: aliases of all parent menu items are auto-prepended to SEF URL.

So child menu items have URLs like:

This plugin allows you to switch alias to 'direct' mode and have short URL without aliases of parent menu items:

Eg. this page could have URL instead of

Another option is not include alias of certain menu item into SEF URL of child items.

Check Direct Alias Pro for more SEO options.

Extension information




JED page:
click here
See also:
Direct Alias Pro



  • Simple code, works fast.
  • Display and highlight of menu item in menu modules is preserved.
  • Easy installation: just install and publish 'System - Direct Alias' plugin.

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  • Joomla! 2.5.9+ or 3.1.x+ or 3.2.x or 3.4.x.
  • PHP 5.3+.
  • Incompatible with Gantry5 templates, RokNavMenu module.



Current version:

  • Fix: Falang compatibility.

01.01.2015 - ver. 1.2.0:

  • Feature: improved performance for large menus.

24 April 2014 - ver. 1.1.0:

  • Feature: ability to setup alias to be not inherited by child menu items.

16 May 2013 - ver. 1.0.1

  • Fixed issue with aliases in multilingual sites.

01 Apr 2013 - ver.1.0.0

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